Congratulations to CHAMPS hospital University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) for becoming Baby-Friendly on September 27, 2017! UMMC is the first CHAMPS hospital in Mississippi and the second hospital in the state to become Baby-Friendly. It now joins Forrest General Hospital in providing the best, evidence-based care when it comes to breastfeeding. UMMC has 2,172 births per year and a level 4 NICU. It is the only tertiary academic medical center and has the only OB resident training program in the state. UMMC will now be able to train the OBs of tomorrow, many who will go on to work in Mississippi, in a Baby-Friendly setting. This will change the culture of Mississippi for generations to come and is truly something to celebrate!
“It feels pretty amazing that the hard work and dedication of our staff over the last several years has resulted in an improved birthing experience for our patients,” comments Amber Shiflett, MD, OB/GYN and Medical Director for Wiser Hospital for Women and Infants (UMMC’s women’s hospital). “We will continue to strive for excellence in patient care and promotion of mother-infant bonding and breastfeeding.”
The CHAMPS team was in Jackson, Mississippi on the day UMMC was designated, and serendipitously went out to dinner at the same BBQ restaurant as UMMC’s OB residents. The surprised parties celebrated, and CHAMPS bought the residents a beer in congratulations!
The following day, CHAMPS held their Mississippi CHAMPS conference at the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Headquarters. Newly enrolled CHAMPS hospital staff attended and speakers from various hospitals and community groups shared their perspectives, including Charlene Collier, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor of OB/GYN at UMMC and Director of the Mississippi Perinatal Quality Collaborative.
Charlene shared, “Mississippi in general is making a major change when it comes to breastfeeding. It’s very exciting that UMMC is a part of that. We want to encourage other hospitals to be a part of this to help improve the health of mothers and babies in our state.”
Congratulations, UMMC, and thank you for leading the way!
CHEER Champion of the week
Each week, we will recognize a CHEER Champion for all the work they have done for CHEER (Center for Health Equity, Education, and Research)/CHAMPS (Communities and Hospitals Advancing Maternity Practices).